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Hydrogen introduced to tidal site

Further progress in the UK’s increasing use of hydrogen can be seen with the European Marine Energy Centre’s addition of an electrolyser to use power to create the fuel.

Based in Orkney, Scotland, the tidal test site has awarded the £1.79m contract to ITM Power for the supply of an integrated hydrogen system for use at the Fall of Warness tidal test site.

Excess power from the site will be used by the electrolyser to create hydrogen, with the system also including integrated compression and 500kg storage capacity.

The system includes a .5MW polymer electrolyte membrane electrolyser to create hydrogen gas, which will also be used within a fuel cell providing back-up power within the project’s data and control systems.

With other countries such as Japan and the US expanding their use of hydrogen-powered fuel cells and growing interest shown in Europe, the generation and use of hydrogen within European countries is expected to increase because of its low emissions.